4.26.2011

The Help


I'd been meaning to read this book for a while, but I just knew it was never available at my library, and I figured I'd just get around to it someday. I was excited to read it, although I am always worried that what I hear from other people about a book will affect how I go into.

But this book really delivered. Based in the 1960's, it follows the lives of some of "the help" in Jackson Mississippi and what they had to deal with during that tumultuous time. As I read the book it made me look at all aspects of my life. How I am as a mother, as a friend, as a human being. Do I judge too much based on appearance or status? Am I teaching my children to love others regardless of how they may appear? Do I remember that we are all in this together and that kindness is the most important thing you can do on this earth? Am I brave enough to stand up and defend someone who might need defending?

I hope the answer to all of these would be positive, but just in case they aren't, I am making a conscious effort to be better. I try to listen to those little promptings for good and kindness and act on them right away. I try to tell my children not only do I love them, but they are good and kind and smart.

Besides all that it was also wonderfully entertaining. The book is told from three different perspectives, and I loved each main character. The author did a great job catching your attention from the beginning and making you fall in love with the women telling the story. So I loved it, and would definitely recommend it.

3 comments:

ariel said...

oh boy. another person telling me to read it. guess i REALLY should do it. i've started several times and it just hasn't grabbed me yet.

stephani said...

ha i have friends left and right telling me to read this. haven't gotten around to it yet..i hope i love it, because i don't enjoy having to tell someone that i hated a book they recommended to me :)

Gina Louise said...

dito. i keep hearing how good this book is...i guess i need to give it a try. :)